This morning, the dailies seem to be full of accolades for Malaysia's victory over Pakistan at the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament. A 3-2 win in favour of Malaysia would definitely give a good booster to the players and the team management. Malaysian hockey needs good news and obviously this victory helps the situation a lot.
It also helps the coaches as they are literally on "trial", to determine whether they remain just in "interim" status or become a permanent feature. Kudos to Beng Hai and Saiful for getting the best out of their boys. Everyone would be watching to see whether the team can sustain their good start.Consistency in performance is the key to success. Lets not be "jaguh kampong" one day, then go on to perform badly where it matters.
Some may argue and would want to throw cold water to Malaysia's victory. Their argument is that teams coming for the tournament barring Egypt, are not full strength and are having a young team or are blending their team.. For them they are working through to see the suitable combination for the tournaments that make a difference like the Asia Cup or the World Cup qualifiers. It is an argument but the same can be said of Malaysia too. Probably Beng Hai is also getting his players to peak for the Asia Cup and this tournament is just a "build up".
Lets enjoy Malaysia's victory and permit the coaches to continue getting the best out of the team. Good luck Malaysia.